The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that manager Terry Francona is stepping down from his duties for the remainder of the season to address health issues.
Since February, the 62-year-old has been wearing a boot on his right foot after undergoing toe surgery for a staph infection.
He is scheduled for a hip replacement on Monday. Five to six weeks after he recovers from the surgery, he will have a permanent rod placed in his foot.
“We need to get it taken care of and get Tito back to being healthy and fully mobile,” said President Chris Antonetti. “And so that’s why we made the collective decision for him to take time away from the team and get things addressed that he needs to get addressed.”
According to Francona, his condition had hindered him from working properly during the team’s recent road trip.
“I’ve been in the boot,” said Francona. “And last year I was contemplating on getting my hip done but I couldn’t because of all the other things that were going on. Being in this boot has kind of exacerbated that.”
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will take over the managerial duties on an interim basis.